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Morristown super, former SLC administrator finalists for Massena’s top post

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MASSENA - A former administrator at St. Lawrence Central School and the current superintendent of the Morristown Central School District are the two finalists for the upcoming superintendent vacancy in the Massena Central School District.

In a new release issued Monday afternoon, school officials said their finalists had been narrowed down to Lisa L. Grenville and Dr. David J. Glover.

Ms. Grenville, who currently works as a K-12 supervisor of special education for the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Education Services in Potsdam, had formerly served as elementary principal for five years and high school principal for one year at St. Lawrence Central School, as well as the director of special education for three years and director of instruction for a year.

She was hired as elementary principal in August 2005. She took over as high school principal in September 2012, replacing Christopher W. Rose who had served as both middle and high school principal the previous school year because of budget constraints.

Ms. Grenville had been a finalist for the superintendent’s position in the St. Lawrence Central School District, replacing the retiring Stephen M. Putman, but board of education members appointed Stephan J. Vigliotti Sr. Ms. Grenville served as both the high school principal and special education director prior to accepting the BOCES position.

Prior to coming to Brasher Falls, she served as a regional professional development specialist with Clinton-Essex-Warren-Washington BOCES. She began her teaching career in 1992 as a special education teacher in a 12:1:1 program and later an 8:1:1 program with Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES. She also served seven years as a high school special education teacher for grades nine through 12 in the Malone Central School District.

Ms. Grenville earned her education administration certification from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from SUNY Plattsburgh in special education

Dr. Glover has served as Morristown Central School District superintendent since July 2009. He had previously served three years as high school principal at Hornell Central School District, assistant principal for a year at Horseheads High School for a year, and assistant principal for a year at Saratoga Springs High School.

Dr. Glover taught social studies for two years at Mount Morris High School and four years at Wayland-Cohocton High School. He began his teaching career in 1997 as an English teacher with the Reid Ross Middle School in Fayetteville, N.C.

He earned a doctorate of education in educational leadership with a concentration in curriculum and instruction online from the University of Phoenix. He earned his education administration certification from SUNY Brockport and his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Ithaca College with a master’s degree in international studies from St. John Fisher College.

Ms. Grenville and Dr. Glover have been invited to meet with various district stakeholders on Jan. 21 and Jan. 23. Ms. Grenville is scheduled to visit on Jan. 21, with Dr. Glover visiting on Jan. 23. They will meet with individual stakeholder groups including students, non-instructional staff members, administrative members and teachers.

In addition, a community forum will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each day in the high school’s main cafeteria, located next to the auditorium. Input from each of the sessions will be provided to the Board of Education.

Twenty-five candidates had applied for the Massena position by the Nov. 15 deadline. That list was narrowed down in December.

Interim Superintendent William W. Crist will be leaving in March to take over as superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Syracuse.He had been named the interim superintendent after a search to replace Roger B. Clough II netted four applications.

Because Mr. Crist was only able to serve one year as interim superintendent, board members reopened their search process at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. He had retired from the Oswego City School District prior to taking over at Massena Central.

The board is offering a three-year contract with renewals contingent upon successful performance evaluations. The position calls for an initial salary of up to $150,000 based on experience, along with what the recruitment brochures describes as “an attractive benefit package.”

Residency in the district is preferred for the new superintendent.

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